Experiences

OTRONICON brings together the entertaining world of consumer video games with a behind-the-scenes view of the art, technology and science that form the foundation and the future of both the videogame and simulation industries. Families and individuals of all ages will have a tremendous range of places and opportunities to explore.

 

For Families

Who said video games are just for kids? Live out your childhood dreams behind the wheel of a racing car or in the cockpit of a fighter jet in one of our state of the art simulators. Or play and interact with the best in gaming and digital technology. There is something for everyone to enjoy including virtual reality, interactive surface tables, next-generation consoles and even classic arcade machines!

 

For Gamers

Are you good? Really good? Good enough to face off on some of your favorite games in person? At Otronicon, you can test your skills on more than 100 gaming stations in a variety of competition formats.

 

For Educators

Otronicon offers interactive worshops uniquely designed for middle and high school students to explore the world of gaming technology. Students can work with industry-based tools for simulation and game design.

 

Researchers at Stryker Berchtold, a medical technologies and research company, are on the cutting edge of brain mapping research and are bringing that research to you! Their aim is to figure out which parts of the brain give us certain abilities, called localization of function, and how these parts of the brain are connected. For example, what part of our brain enables us to see the color green, interpret a joke as funny or remember what we ate for breakfast? Scientists use imaging to watch the brain work on various tasks to answer these questions and at Otronicon you can interact with this technology yourself.

The Stryker NAV3 Platform is the ultimate surgical navigation experience. The technology features a 32" HD surgeon monitor, a navigation camera arm with large range of motion makes it easy to accommodate various procedures and approaches, built-in LiveCam that allows for easy positioning of the navigation camera and smart instruments, IO Tablet user interface with touch capability and more.

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Named to Fast Company's 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2013, Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Guidance System is transforming spine surgery from freehand operations to highly-accurate, state-of-the-art procedures using mechanical guidance and 3-D planning software. This benefits both surgeon and patient by increasing accuracy while reducing radiation normally used for these procedures.

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"Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock-n-roll.” -Shigeru Miyamoto, world famous game designer for Nintendo

Shortly after World War II, a small district in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, Japan evolved to become known as “electric town."  The district - Akihabara (秋葉原) - became a major shopping area for household electronic goods and even some post-war black market items.  As the world changed over time, so did Akihabara.  By the late seventies (and through the eighties and nineties), Akihabara became a thriving marketplace for technologies both old and new.  Shoppers could find anything and everything electronic, from transistors to motherboards, in a variety of brightly lit shops.  In the era of home brew computers and do-it-yourself tech, locals flocked to Akihabara more and more regularly.

Fast forward to today: Video games and pop culture grew hand in hand with the advancement of modern electronics, and now Akihabara (“Akiba” for short) is known as THE place for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods.  Travelers come from around the world to play in the arcades, read manga in giant bookstores, interact with cosplayers at maid cafes, and buy a variety of video games and game systems from every brand imaginable.

Florida Anime Experience (“FAE”) is Central Florida’s most authentic celebration of Japanese popular culture.  Started in 2011, the annual anime convention will take place April 22-24, 2016 at the Park Inn By Radisson Orlando - Celebration Inn.  (Details and tickets are online at www.FloridaAnime.com.)  One of the goals of FAE has been to bring a part of the excitement of Akiba to Orlando - and the primary tool in doing so has been the anime convention’s Japanese Video Game Room.  Attendees are encouraged to see and play classic and modern imported Japanese games and game systems from Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and more.

In 2015, the team from Florida Anime Experience discovered Otronicon as the perfect fit for our Japanese Video Game Room presentation.  So, for the second year in a row, FAE will present a sampling of our Japanese games and systems for Otronicon attendees to enjoy.  Swing by and check it out on Level 4 of the Orlando Science Center, near the WFTV Sever Weather Center 9 Experience.

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(Photo of “Super Potato” taken by the Florida Anime Experience team during their last visit to Akiba.  The store is famous for its inventory of rare classic Japanese video games and systems)

To infinity and beyond! Travel through technology and time with Engineers from the Walt Disney World Resort, as they present: “Storytelling through Technology.”

This exhibit features interactive demonstrations highlighting technologies used to bring the animated figures and visual effects featured at some of Walt Disney World’s most iconic attractions and shows to life. And, be certain to explore a very special ‘color and play’ station, where you can add color to your favorite Disney character, and then see them come to life through the use of augmented reality technologies.

The University of Central Florida E2i Creative Studio is back to showcase several of its game-based learning experiences including “Science Valley” and “Deep Sea Discovery” which allow learners to interactively explore, make decisions, and see the outcomes of their choices. In addition, engage in a demo of the Makey Makey being used by the Otronicon Game Jam participants.

E2i is excited to be debuting the 2016 Otronicon event app with an integrated location based exploration game using iBeacons. The app allows visitors to see what is going on at the event and play a sea creature collection game based on their location in the Orlando Science Center.

The app can be downloaded for free for iPhone at http://e2i.ist.ucf.edu/OSCapp/

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Orlando Science Center • 777 E. Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803 • Phone: 407.514.2000 • Email: gservices@osc.org
The Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of power2give.org/centralflorida and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.